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Mark Turkel, author of Ride Captains and Tail-Gunners

RCTG Gear Review: Scorpion EXO Yosemite XDR Jacket

Sometimes the holidays come early!  I live in South Florida, and the temperature may change by as much as 25 degrees or more from morning to afternoon in the Winter season. So I needed a lighter-than-leather jacket for the Winter season. (My leather jacket is nice, but with armor and padding it is HEAVY!) It

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U-Turns Made Easy

Here’s My Method For Perfect U-Turns Making a U-Turn is easy if you follow the following procedure.  1. Start your U-Turn moving at a stable speed in first gear. 2. Use the Friction Zone – let the motor rev up a bit.  Do NOT pull in the clutch all the way if you feel like

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Uneven Roads and Side-Traps

I was riding on US-77 last week, heading South somewhere in West Virginia where I encountered construction that was creating quite a bad hazard for motorcycles. When you see that “uneven roads” sign, it is time to wake up and be 100% aware of the dangers. A side-trap is when you have uneven roads, and

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